New Comic Books For 1/4/12

Welcome to the first comics Wednesday of the new year! I am very excited about what 2012 has to offer from the comic industry, from the X-Men vs Avengers over at Marvel to the bold new directions IDW is taking with Transformers and G.I. Joe. This week we get just a little taste of what they year will look like as the publishers lay out their groundwork leading up to the bigger events in the coming months!

Buzz Worthy Books!


Action Comics #5 (DC Comics)
In this issue we see the New 52 origin of Superman, well, the Krypton parts at least. I would be more excited if I didn’t just see the release of Superman: Secret Origin only a few months ago. Still worth a look though to see if Morrison craps all over what Johns had recently written.


Avengers Annual #1 (One Shot) (Marvel Comics)
This is the second part of a three part story that started forever ago with Wonder Man and his Revengers team causing damage. Despite the vague memory of what has transpired in the last issue this should still be good.


Avengers: X-Sanction #2 (Marvel Comics)
This series leads right into the upcoming X-Men vs Avengers event so be sure to pick this up! We left off with Cable on a mission to stop the Avengers from keeping Hope from saving the world and he has schooled Captain America with his sights on Iron Man next!


Batwing #5 (DC Comics)
In the last few issues Batwing has been getting his handed to him by Massacre. After almost all of the heros in Africa are killed by this guy, Batwing decides to call in the big guns: BATMAN!


Boys #62 (Dynamite Entertainment)
First off, that cover is nasty. Look at it carefully and see if you can see it. Second, this book is hitting a new round of awesomeness in my opinion and the final battle is almost here! As long as The Homelander gets his I’ll be happy.


Detective Comics #5 (DC Comics)
Someone is killing people and Batman blames The Penguin. But will his emotions get the best of him when he finds out that his girlfriend is on the list? Thats all well and fine, but I want to see more about The Joker and his missing face!


G.I. JOE #9 (IDW Publishing)
The search for the new Cobra Commander is over, now begins the epic crossover titled “Cobra Command”. IDW has quickly turned yet another franchise that I had zero interest about into a title I am 100% behind. I am going to make a bold prediction and call the entire G.I. Joe Line SERIES OF THE YEAR.


Penguin: Pain And Prejudice #4 (of 5) (DC Comics)
A series focusing on the life of the Batman villain and all of his criminal activity, this series made me look at a once laughable character in an entirely new, sinister light. I cannot recommend this series enough to both long time fans and new ones looking for something interesting to read.


Punisher #7 (Marvel Comics)
It’s a Punisher vs Daredevil brawl in the latest chapter of Rucka’s run on this book. It has been an interesting series so far and the injuries Frank has taken are, for me, the most interesting part. Just check out that eye patch! What’s that all about? Buy this and find out!


Robocop: Road Trip #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
Rob Williams is where it is at in terms of Robocop. I fell in love with his Robocop vs Terminator series last year and because of that I am diving into this series with all of the enthusiasm that I can muster. This brand new series is not a continuation from that book so it is new reader friendly as we get to explore the main character’s world outside of the OCP dominated Detroit.


Uncanny X-Force #19.1 (Marvel Comics)
“This is the dawning of the Age of Apocalypse, the Age of Apocalyyyyypppsssseee” okay, enough with the Hair lyrics. This new Point One story was briefly touched on in the Point One One-Shot a couple of months back and sets as a launch issue for the new Age of Apocalypse series coming soon from Marvel set in the popular alternate reality.


Uncanny X-Men #4 (Marvel Comics)
I am all about team Cyclops when it comes to my X-Men, so I am looking forward to the new arc in the flagship Uncanny book. The alien race called The Phallanx are back and they automatically start a fight. Why does it always end like that for these guys?

Here is a complete list of what is due out this week.
DC COMICS
Action Comics #5 (Andy Kubert & Joe Prado Regular Cover)
Action Comics #5 (Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover)
Action Comics #5 (Combo Pack Edition)
Action Comics #5 (Rags Morales Variant Cover)
Animal Man #5
Batwing #5
DC Comics Presents The Dark #1 (was ‘DC Comics Presents The New 52’)
Detective Comics #5 (Tony S. Daniel Regular Cover)
Detective Comics #5 (Tony S. Daniel Variant Cover)
Green Arrow #5
Hawk And Dove #5
Huntress #4 (of 6)
Justice League #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 5th Printing Variant Cover)
Justice League International #5
Men Of War #5
O.M.A.C. #5
Penguin Pain And Prejudice #4 (of 5)
Red Lanterns #5
Scooby-Doo Where Are You #17
Static Shock #5
Stormwatch #5 (Miguel Sepulveda Regular Cover)
Stormwatch #5 (Miguel Sepulveda Variant Cover)
Supernatural #4 (of 6)
Swamp Thing #5 (Yanick Paquette Regular Cover)
Swamp Thing #5 (Yanick Paquette Variant Cover)

Vertigo
I Zombie #21
Sweet Tooth #29 (Jeff Lemire Regular Cover)
Sweet Tooth #29 (Travel Foreman Variant Cover)


MARVEL COMICS
Avengers Academy #24
Avengers Annual #1 (One Shot)
Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4) (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover)
Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4) (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover)
Avengers X-Sanction #2 (of 4) (Stephen Platt Variant Cover)
Defenders #2 (Chris Stevens Venom Variant Cover)
Defenders #2 (I Am A Defender Variant Cover)
Defenders #2 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)
Defenders #2 (Terry Dodson Regular Cover)
Fear Itself The Fearless #6 (of 12)
Hulk #47
Punisher #7
Strikeforce Morituri We Who Are About To Die #1 (One Shot)
Thor The Deviants Saga #3 (of 5)
Thunderbolts #168
Uncanny X-Force #18 (Jerome Opena 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Uncanny X-Force #19.1
Uncanny X-Men #4
Villains For Hire #2 (of 4)
Wolverine And The X-Men Alpha And Omega #1 (of 5)
X-23 #20 (Kalman Andrasofszky Regular Cover) (Final Issue)
X-Club #2 (of 5)
X-Men #23 (Adi Granov Regular Cover)
X-Men #23 (John Tyler Christopher Venom Variant Cover)


AVATAR PRESS / BOUNDLESS COMICS
Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Regular Cover)
Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Gore Cover)
Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Wrapround Cover)
Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Slashed Variant Cover)
Lady Death #13 (Gabriel Andrade Regular Cover)
Lady Death #13 (Richard Ortiz Wrapround Cover)
Lady Death #13 (Michael Dipascale Art Deco Variant Cover)

BOOM! STUDIOS
Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #3 (of 4) (Cover A Gabriel Hardman)
Betrayal Of The Planet Of The Apes #3 (of 4) (Cover B Declan Shalvey)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #9 (Cover A)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #9 (Cover B)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #9 (Cover C Nick Percival)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Masterpieces #5
Elric The Balance Lost #7 (Cover A Francesco Mattina)
Elric The Balance Lost #7 (Cover B Jonboy Meyers)
Elric The Balance Lost #7 (Cover C Francesco Mattina)
Irredeemable #33 (Cover A Kalman Andrasofszky)
Irredeemable #33 (Cover B Dan Panosian)
Peanuts #1 (of 4) (Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Charlie Brown Variant Cover)
Peanuts #1 (of 4) (Charles Schultz Regular Cover)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover A Liam Sharp)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover B Ale Garza)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover C Matteo Scalera)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover D Liam Sharp Negative Cover)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover E Ale Garza Sketch Cover)
Valen The Outcast #2 (Cover H Joe Jusko CGG 9.8 Virgin Variant Cover)

DARK HORSE COMICS
Brody’s Ghost (One Shot)
Goon #37 (Eric Powell Regular Cover)
Goon #37 (Eric Powell Variant Cover)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Boys #62
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Alex Ross Regular Cover)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Paul Renaud Black & White Variant Cover)
Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover)
Living Corpse Exhumed #5 (of 6) (Ken Haeser & Buz Hasson Regular Cover)
Living Corpse Exhumed #5 (of 6) (Mark Kidwell Regular Cover)
Lone Ranger #1 (Alex Ross Blue Variant Cover)
Lone Ranger #1 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover)
Lone Ranger #1 (Alex Ross Regular Cover)
Lone Ranger #1 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover)
Lone Ranger #1 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover)
Nowhere Man #1 (of 4) (Jeevan J. Kang Regular Cover)
Robocop Road Trip #1 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover)
Robocop Road Trip #1 (Fabiano Neves Regular Cover)
Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 (of 6) (Joseph Michael Linsner Negative Variant Cover)
Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 (of 6) (Joseph Michael Linsner Regular Cover)
Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 (of 6) (Joseph Michael Linsner Sketch Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Ale Garza Regular Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Joe Jusko Regular Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Paul Renaud Martian Red Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #9 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover)
Zorro Rides Again #7 (of 12)

IDW PUBLISHING
Cold War #4 (John Byrne Regular Cover)
Cold War #4 (John Byrne Variant Cover)
G.I. JOE #9 (Cover A Dave Wilkins)
G.I. JOE #9 (Cover B Will Rosado)
G.I. JOE #9 (Nick Runge Variant Cover)
Godzilla Legends #3 (of 5) (Arthur Adams Black & White Variant Cover)
Godzilla Legends #3 (of 5) (Cover A Arthur Adams)
Godzilla Legends #3 (of 5) (Cover B Bob Eggleton)
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #5 (of 5) (Jeff Zornow Black & White Variant Cover)
Jurassic Park Dangerous Games #5 (of 5) (Jeff Zornow Regular Cover)
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6) (Cover A Chris Sprouse)
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6) (Cover B Phil Jimenez)
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (of 6) (Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover)
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6) (Cover A Joe Corroney)
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6) (Cover B David Messina)
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6) (Joe Corroney Sketch Variant Cover)
True Blood The French Quarter #5 (of 6) (Photo Variant Cover)

IMAGE COMICS 
Artifacts #13 (Cover A Dale Keown)
Artifacts #13 (Cover B John Tyler Christopher)
Artifacts #13 (Cover C John Tyler Christopher)
Artifacts #13 (Dale Keown Sketch Variant Cover)
Artifacts #13 (Comics Pro Variant Cover)
Blood Red Dragon #3
Fatale #1 (Cover A Sean Phillips Beauty Cover)
Fatale #1 (Cover B Sean Phillips Beast Cover)
Graveyard Of Empires #3 (of 4)
Li’l Depressed Boy #8
Mudman #2
Shinku #4
Super Dinosaur #7
Vescell #5
Witchblade #151 (Cover A John Tyler Christopher)
Witchblade #151 (Cover B Dennis Calero)
Witchblade #151 (Cover C J. Scott Campbell)
Witchblade #151 (Foil Stamped & Signed Collector’s Edition)


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ABSTRACT STUDIOS
Rachel Rising #4

ANTARCTIC PRESS
Gold Digger #134
Gold Digger Holidays Special #1

ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT
Cyclops #8
Black Fire HC
Billy Fog The Gift Of Trouble-Sight HC
Dare Detectives The Snow Pea Plot HC (Collected Edition)
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Volume 1 Creation Myths HC

ARCHIE COMICS
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #197
Life With Archie #16

ARDDEN ENTERTAINMENT
Atlas Unified #1 (Cover A Grim Ghost)
Atlas Unified #1 (Cover B Phoenix)
Atlas Unified #1 (Cover C Wulf)
Atlas Unified #1 (Cover D Wraparound)

ASPEN MLT
Scourge #6 (Cover A Eric Battle)
Scourge #6 (Cover B Ale Garza)
Scourge #6 (Infected Variant Cover)
Soulfire Volume 3 #6 (Cover A Jason Fabok)
Soulfire Volume 3 #6 (Cover B Micah Gunnell)

COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1281

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Wandering Son Volume 2 HC

LAST GASP
Terminally Illin #1

MARKOSIA ENTERPRISES
Raising Amy GN
Superfun Adventures Of Jax GN

MOONSTONE
Vampire PA Pittsburgh Noir HC

NBM
Inner Sanctum GN

PANINI PUBLISHING
Doctor Who Insider #9 (January 2012)
Doctor Who Magazine #442

PANTHEON BOOKS
Habibi GN (Limited Signed Bookplate Edition)
Metamaus A Look Inside A Modern Classic Maus HC

REBELLION
2000 AD #1763
2000 AD Prog 2012
Insurrection TP
Judge Dredd Megazine #318
Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files Volume 4 TP (Simon & Schuster Edition)

TITAN PUBLISHING
Star Wars Insider #130 (January 2012) (Special) (Previews Exclusive Edition)
Tank Girl Carioca #3 (of 3)

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Alter Ego #106
Modern Masters Volume 27 Ron Garney SC

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
Charmed #17
Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends #11 (Cover A Romano Molenaar)
Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends #11 (Cover B Anthony Spay)
Salem’s Daughter Haunting #4 (Cover A Stjepan Sejic)
Salem’s Daughter Haunting #4 (Cover B Natali Sanders)
Theater #4 (Cover A Eric Basaldua)
Theater #4 (Cover B Angel Medina)

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